ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Few complaints were raised in 1984 by the champions of the American League West over the performances of Dane Iorg. Iorg, however, had a few about himself.
"I didn't hit the ball like I should have," said the 34-year-old utility player the Kansas City Royals purchased last spring from the St. Louis Cardinals. "As I look at it, I think my biggest problem was that I just wasn't prepared."
A waning of Iorg's concentration from the level he sought should have been expected.
A summer earlier he went through a trying campaign wasted in large part by wrist and finger injuries. The inactivity saddled him with a .267 batting average and questions about his future.
"I liked the Cardinals. They treated me great, but I knew it was time to leave," said Iorg, who had been a .529 hitting star for St. Louis during the 1982 World Series.